January 8, 2010

BABY STEP 08 - Take A Deep Breath (Jan 8)

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)
We have been blessed with the gift of breath. Of life. And how deeply we breathe has a great deal to do with how healthy we are.
Years ago, I took a yoga class where I was taught to breathe using my stomach muscles instead of just my chest muscles. Most of us breathe shallow breaths, which probably has to do with the face that we’re always sucking in our stomachs. But at least twice a day, morning and night, let’s draw in three deep breaths. Starting today. Breath in slowly, filling your stomach and watching it move out, drawing air up, up, up into your chest, and letting it out. Again. A third time.
When I figure out how to post videos, I’ll have one of the breathing and of a very effective relaxation technique, but that will be a few weeks away (if I’m lucky!).
In the meantime, when you wake up in the morning, breathe deeply of air, of oxygen, of love, of life. You have another day ahead of you. Rejoice in that.
Tonight, when you climb in bed, take another three deep breaths, and thank your Maker for the day He’s given you.
Sometimes when we get so busy with our families that we stop exercising and get out of shape, just a few deep breaths will help give us some perspective.
God gave us our bodies as temples. Breathe in the breath of life into your temple and let it fill you with the love of your Heavenly Father, who wants you to regain your health, your energy, your joy in your appearance.
Breathe in peace. Breathe out disharmony.
Breathe in joy. Breathe out unhappiness.
Breathe in love. Breathe out anger.
Do it right now, just for kicks.
There. Don’t you feel better now?

© 2010 Heather Horrocks

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